The Gadget Guru

Technology of sound and silence

This week, the Guru takes a look at strangely expensive noise-cancelling earbuds, a slick new soundbar and an ergonomic keyboard

QuietOn 3 earbuds are both a good idea and a great opportunity squandered

QuietOn 3, price €239, rating ***

Simplicity is normally welcomed by the Guru, but QuietOn’s buds seem to have an excess of it. They have one job in life and that’s to help cut out noise when you’re trying to, and eventually do, fall asleep.

Everything about them is gentle and calm. They fit comfortably, aided by the fact that they are tiny – a size easy to achieve, since there’s not a lot asked ...